She wants to focus on changing our culture.

By Renee Cherry
Updated: November 10, 2017

Three-time gold medalist Aly Raisman says she was sexually abused by Team USA doctor Larry Nassar, who worked with the women's gymnastics team for more than 20 years. Raisman is speaking out about the abuse for the first time in a 60 Minutes interview that will air Sunday, November 12 on CBS.

Raisman told 60 Minutes that a lot of people have asked her why she didn't come forward sooner. In the preview clip, she says the focus shouldn't be on whether or not the victims speak up, but rather on changing a culture that makes sexual assault possible for people in power. (She's previously called for action to combat sexual abuse before coming forward with her own experience.)

"Why are we looking at 'why didn't the girls speak up?' Why not look at-what about the culture?" she asks in the 60 Minutes teaser video. "What did USA Gymnastics do and Larry Nassar do to manipulate these girls so much that they are so afraid to speak up?"

Nassar has been accused of sexual abuse by more than 130 women, most of whom are former athletes. Nassar is currently in jail awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to child pornography charges. (He didn't plead guilty to charges of sexual assault.) Raisman is the highest-profile athlete to come forward since McKayla Maroney (another member of the 2012 London Olympic Games gold medal–winning "fab 5" team) accused Nassar of molesting her when she was 13. Raisman gives further details about the abuse in her upcoming book Fierce. (Related: How the #MeToo Movement Is Spreading Awareness About Sexual Assault)

About a year ago, an IndyStar story reported that 368 gymnasts alleged sexual abuse by adults and coaches, and that USA Gymnastics ignored claims of abuse. In the 60 Minutes interview, Raisman makes it clear that she wants change within the gymnastics world.

"I am angry," the gymnast says. "I'm really upset, because I care a lot. You know, when I see these young girls that come up to me and they ask for pictures or autographs, whatever it is, I just, I can't. Every time I look at them, every time I see them smiling, I just think, I just want to create change so that they never ever have to go through this."

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